The regulations were finalized in October 2016, but were eligible for rollback via the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that allows Congress to express its disapproval of new, major regulations.
The Trump-appointed chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a critic of the broadband privacy rules and has said he wants to roll them back. "He also added that those flawed privacy rules adopted in last October, which never went into effect, were created to benefit one group of favoured companies, not online consumers", reported CNBC.
Pai is alluding to the notion that companies like Google and Facebook have the ability to sell people's personal data to advertisers, while the clarity and degree of consent is sometimes dubious.
The Trump Government is again in the news; and this time for signing a resolution that kills FCC privacy rules.
Many other states are expected to follow in suit in pushing other pieces of legislature to protect their internet privacy including employees, students and tenants.
In response to the news, several big names, including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, have come forward in recent days to assure users that they do not sell their customers' web browsing histories, and have no plans to start now.
AOL and Yahoo to merge into new firm called Oath
I will get deets on all the other Mayer execs, who have not exactly covered themselves in glory at Yahoo over the last fews years. Yahoo announced in September that hackers in 2014 stole personal data from more than 500 million of its user accounts.
Cable and wireless companies (and their respective lobbyists) opposed these rules, claiming it was unfair for the FCC to provide one set of regulations for broadband providers and another for online content companies (like Google, Amazon, and Netflix).
Some telecom companies, however, insisted they would protect consumers' personal information anyway - and chalked doubts up to their opponents. In this case, they complained that under the FCC regulation, internet service providers did not have to ask their users for permission before tracking the sites they visit, while other tech firms did have to ask for explicit permission to use their customers' data.
U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was one of just 15 House Republicans to vote against the resolution. These companies, known as Internet Service Providers, would be able to monitor what their customers view online, where they shop and what they purchase, even what shows and movies they streamed online.
In his own blog post, Bob Quinn, AT&T senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs, stressed that customers will continue to be protected under the company's privacy policies once Trump signs the bill into law.
"In order to deliver that consistent and comprehensive protection, the Federal Communications Commission will be working with the Federal Trade Commission to restore the FTC's authority to police internet service providers' privacy practices", he continued.
We've spoken up, and many lawmakers got the message that privacy is important to their constituents.